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ordain

verb uk   /ɔːˈdeɪn/ us    /ɔːr-/

ordain verb (CHURCH)

[T often passive] to officially make someone a priest or other religious leader, in a religious ceremony: He was ordained (as) a priest in Ely cathedral in 1987.

ordain verb (ORDER)

[T] formal (of God or someone in authority) to order something to happen: There is strong support here for the tough economic reforms ordained in the federal capital, Prague. [+ that] humorous The council, in its wisdom, has ordained that all the local libraries will close on Mondays.
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